Thursday, 5 February 2015

Brancott Estate

Brancott Estate 'Terroir Series' Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 13%
Classically Marlborough and Brancott bouquet with generous and vibrant aromas of fresh citrus and tropical fruits, peach and apple - all laced with, wet stone mineral, fresh herbs and red bell pepper slices. On the palate - just dry with a splash of sugar, plenty of sweet and ripe fruit flavors centering on citrus and peach with some tropical notes; the herbaceous notes are fresh and add depth to the wine overall. A longish finish. Well made, fresh, stylish and crowd pleasing.
4.5 Stars

Brancott Estate 'Terroir Series' Southern Valleys Marlborough Fume Blanc 2014 13.5%
A very fruit led bouquet with lots of citrus fruit, wild stonefruit and hints of tropical fruit then a stony soil and vegetal/herbal layer; a touch of spice completes the bouquet. On the palate - dry with a light white smoke layer then fruits suggested on the nose show strong with citrus and peach leading. Dry wine with plenty of acidity; light+ weight and a medium finish. Balanced and well made.
3.5 Stars

Brancott Estate 'Terroir Series' Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 13.5%
Lots of varietal signatures with a fruity bouquet led by white fleshed fruits and a gentle cool climate stony soil spice. On the palate - off dry with some residual sweetness adding body and contrast to the acidity; juicy fruit flavors of white flesh origin; very drinkable in a commercial style. Well made and reliable expression.
3 Stars

Brancott Estate 'Terroir Series' Southern Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay 2014 14%
No mistaking the signature of Chardonnay here with the peaches and cream effect of Marlborough fruit and oak influences; a creamy and rounded bouquet - quite voluptuous and dry stone mineral layer. On the palate - really very nice - dry, creamy and crisp with medium+ acidity, moderate oak influences and stone fruit flavors laced with citrus. Balanced and well made with a medium finish. Lots of people are going to be drinking this wine.
3.5 Stars

Brancott Estate 'Terroir Series' Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 13.5%
A very fruit led bouquet with lots of fresh plum and light red fruit suggestions especially red cherry and ripe cranberry; mild oak spice influences and moderate complexity. On the palate - dry, light bodied and crisp with flavors of light red fruits, mild oak spice and bite, medium+ acidity and length. A balanced and well made example for early drinking and 2-3 years cellaring.
3.5 Stars


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